The following is a transcript of Todd’s morning radio commentary.
Hello Americans. I’m Todd Starnes with news and commentary next.
The good people of Youngsville, North Carolina said it would take more than a grinchy governor to stop their annual Christmas parade.
Governor Roy Cooper – a Democrat – has banned large gatherings across the state. And the local health department strongly urged citizens not to parade.
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In response some 500 people collectively said, “Hold my egg nog.”
Just about the entire town hauled out the holly, decked the halls and had a grand old Christmas parade.
Television news reporters from Raleigh were beyond outraged – breathlessly reporting how people were not wearing face masks or social distancing.
One horrified journalist noted that people were singing Christmas carols – without race coverings.
“I’m taking the risk,” school teacher Lindsey Newton told the Raleigh News & Observer. “It’s tradition. If I could go to every person and say ‘Put your mask on,’ I’d probably get hit in the face. All I can say is the Good Lord’s in control.”
Mayor Fonzie Flowers dismissed concerns from Democrats and the reporters. He pointed out that if a few hundred people can gather inside Walmart or Lowes, then a few hundred folks can gather outside for a Christmas parade.
“Our parade is the exact opposite: outdoors, physically distanced, and masked,” Flowers told television station WECT. “To put it simply, if our state’s health guidelines allow over 2,000 people to be in a 4-acre Walmart at the same time, we believe it’s safe to have a fraction of that number along our outdoor parade route.”
Merry Christmas, Mr. Mayor.
Youngsville | Hundreds attend Youngsville Christmas parade despite objections from health officials https://t.co/NhXbv1dkXC Still see people without mask. They are reason cases/deaths keep rising. Show some concern for others.— Donald Ketter (@ncketters) December 6, 2020
Youngsville stood alone in the Triangle area and much of the state, declining to cancel its parade against strong urgings from the Franklin County Health Department https://t.co/tVAnGVwCSx— NovaIRT (@NovaIRT) December 6, 2020